After being in darkness for four years, public power supply has been restored to three communities in Ekiti West Local Government Area to the relief and excitement of the residents.
The towns, known locally as Ekameta, are Erijiyan, Ipole Iloro and Ikogosi, the site of the famous Warm Spring resort which had received tourists from all over the world.
Electricity was restored to the communities on Christmas eve as Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) engineers who had been working round the clock to meet the target given by Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Unable to hide their joy, residents of the communities are hailing Fayemi for keeping his promise.
The excited residents who spoke with our reporter on Friday promised to vote for the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming general elections.
Fayemi, as APC candidate in the last governorship election, had promised to do everything possible to restore power to the communities if elected at the poll.
The governor also charged BEDC to work out modalities for the restoration of light to the communities while playing host to the company’s management who paid him a courtesy visit few weeks ago.
A youth leader in Erijiyan, Mr. Akinkunmi Abimbola, commended Fayemi for championing the restoration of power supply to his community which he said would bring businesses back to life.
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Abimbola said: “Infrastructural development and especially electricity is the catalyst of development, and for us in Ekameta its being horrible living without electricity supply in the last four years.
“Several small-scale industries were abandoned and some had to relocate which negatively affected the economy of the environment.
“Ikogosi warm spring resort centre naturally deserted and became a shadow of itself, the total blackout even affected sons and daughters not wanting to stay at home when they visited.
“The news and joy witnessed by the communities really show how important electricity supply is to us. We are very grateful to the government of Dr. John Kayode Fayemi that made it a priority to get this done for us immediately he assumed office.”
A member of the royal family in Ikogosi, Prince Tayo Olajubu said: “Congratulations! Electricity has been restored back to Ikogosi after four years of total darkness.
“We bless God that Ikogosi is witnessing a new dawn after four years
of total neglect.”
Another resident of Ikogosi, Mr. Tobi Oyeleye said: “My heart is thankful to Governor Fayemi and I must thank him for he has restored our lights.
“Electricity restored within two months in office, Ikogosi, Erijiyan and Ipole say many thanks JKF. For that’s but a step to the beginning; Gossy Waters and the Warm Springs Resorts are still groaning.”
A resident of Ipole Iloro, Mrs. Yemisi Adewumi, described the return of electricity as a “special gift Christmas and New Year gift from Governor Fayemi which has brought joy to our town.”
“We thank Governor Fayemi for fulfilling his promise to end darkness in Ipole Iloro and the entire Ekameta communities.
“During the campaign, he promised to ensure that light returns within two months of being sworn it. We thought it was one of the gimmicks of these politicians but it has now become a reality.
“With this gift of light, we will pay back with votes for his party in the general elections in 2019. We will not go back to a party that neglected us for four years,” she said.